By email from Chuck Weber
Posted by Rachel Leigh e-mail
PAHOKEE, FL (WFLX) – As students and teachers at Pahokee High mourn the murder of footballer Norman Griffith, detectives attempt to solve the young man’s murder. Security concerns raised by the shooting have already resulted in a change of venue for another school’s game.
Palm Beach County School District spokesperson Nat Harrington told Fox 29 that Glades Central’s big comeback game against Dwyer High scheduled for Friday night has been moved “for the safety of everyone involved. “. Harrington says the game will be played Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Palm Beach Central High in Wellington.
Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Teri Barbera said Monday afternoon her department was aggressively working on Griffith’s murder but needed the public to provide information.
Griffith, 18, had just celebrated his team’s victory in the homecoming game last Friday night and was attending a dance with friends at a community center in Belle Glade. The sheriff’s office says Griffith was trying to get away from the event, someone approached and shot him in the head, killing him.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Barbera said reports linking the shooting to gang activity or Griffith wearing the Pahokee High colors are premature. “We know he wore his school colors,” Barbera said. “But the fact that he was killed for wearing his school colors is completely and utterly taken out of context.” Barbera also reiterated that Griffith had never been in trouble with the law and his family either. Griffith was recruited to play football at several colleges.
At Pahokee High, the school district said dozens of students and staff spoke with grief counselors who were on site. Despite the loss of their teammate, the members of the football team trained as planned. Pahokee coach Blaze Thompson said the team should be together as a “football family”.
Since Griffith’s funeral will not take place this weekend, Coach Thompson said the team decided to go ahead and travel to South Carolina for a televised game at the nationwide this Friday evening. Thompson says the team will dedicate their season to Griffith.